Through its unique menu combination of the old and the new, Aseelah takes guests on a journey from Dubai’s humble roots to today’s modern achievements.
The dishes represent a rich and unique taste, full of flavors such as saffron, ginger, cardamom, thyme and turmeric, all of which describe Emirati cookery. Each and every dish, whether original Emirati or with a modern twist, is cooked with purely local produce so that the guests can savor the true experience and original taste of the dishes.
I will applaud the chef for his magnificent use of ingredients. To get a vegetarian to love dishes in a cuisine which is mainly favored for it’s meat is remarkable. All the vegetarian options served to us were nothing short of extraordinary and this definitely was one of my most memorable tastings.
The Aseelah Bread with cream cheese and dates is what we started off with. Tiny fluffy khubs topped with a unique combination which is generally unheard of but tasted remarkable!
We were also given the Oven Baked Traditional Arabic Bread which is amongst the finest i have had till date and it was served with pure Ghee and the taste was mouth watering. Hot bread with melted ghee was like a dream come true and i have never experienced this in any restaurant.
Next we were served the Beetroot Carpaccio Salad which came with Fresh Wild Rocket, Lemon Juice and Olive Oil, served with Tahini flavored Laban and is quite the dish and serving if someone loves salad. It was exquisite with it’s mix of ingredients.
Then came one of my favourite dishes. The Saj Bread with tomato, chilli and olives was spicy, no fuss and super! The tomato was not over powering and the blend of ingredients was perfection.
I am not a big soup person but after eating all this delicious food I couldn’t say no to this one! Traditional Emirati Lentil Soup is one of the finest i have ever tasted. Thick and not at all watery, i was glad to be sipping on this.
For the main course we tried the Vegetable Margogat which was a curry like dish with gravy and lots of vegetables like potatoes, carrots, zucchini, beans cooked to glory. It was so flavourful and definitely not one to be missed.
For desserts we tried the Luqmaiat which is a popular Khaleeji dessert. I am generally not a big fan of these but over here they tasted divine! They are fried Emirati sweets drizzled with date syrup and coated in toasted sesame seeds.
Pumpkin Mille Feuille – Puff Pastry layered with warm pumpkin mousse, sweet cream and date syrup. This made for one different and unique dessert!
Date Pudding – Warm date pudding served with poached dates, mango and passion ice cream made for the best dessert of the lot. Do not miss this!
They also have a beautiful outdoor area along with a beautifully lit entrance. Aseelah has a unique interior, comfortable seating, private dining rooms, a modern bar with beats from an in-house DJ and a spacious terrace with lounge seating offering great views of the Dubai Skyline.
The interiors are classy and ooze luxury and this honestly makes one fine place to dine in! Highly recommended even for date nights.